Hell Comes to FrogtownHell Comes to Frogtown and only "Rowdy" Roddy Piper as Sam Hell can save the day.  I don’t know whose idea it was – cinematographer/director Donald G. Jackson or writer/producer Randall Frakes or, hell, the B-film minded souls over at Roger Corman’s New World Pictures – but strapping a bomb onto Piper’s ...

First Man (2018) - Movie ReviewPerhaps the only task more difficult than putting a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth is making an interesting film about the rather uninteresting man who first set foot on the lunar surface. Yet Damien Chazelle (La La Land) does just that with his First  ...

What we Left Behind: Looking Back on Star Trek: Deep Space NineDark. Intense.  Edgy.  Consistently bold.  Endlessly imaginative.  And, of late, experiencing a bit of a renaissance in popularity, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is now – on the eve of its 25th Anniversary – being celebrated with its own documentary.  What We Leave Behind: Looking Back On Star Trek: Deep ...

Shazam!The DCEU, if it is even called that anymore, has been making significant strides with its output in the last couple of years—and amazingly WITHOUT its two heavy hitters. Wonder Woman and Aquaman have both made commercial and critical strides that the last few entries involving  ...

Billy the Kid vs. Dracula (1966)

Grab the wolfsbane!  Get the garlic! Cult filmmaker William Beaudine takes aim and squeezes the B-movie trigger again!  From The Ape Man to Voodoo Man, the director constantly drums up a lot of B-movie mayhem.  Here, he ...

Widows - Movie ReviewIn film, mass audience appeal and brains rarely ever go together. Just ask Paul Blart. Yet, with his heist thriller Widows, filmmaker Steve McQueen proves that it is actually possible to make an intelligent film that is also appealing to a wide audience ...

Horror of Frankenstein (1970)In which Frankenstein gives us the two fingered salute!  You’ll laugh!  You’ll cry!!  The Horror of Frankenstein and its bodybuilding monster will be why!  Scientific twaddle has never been so supercilious than here in this Hammer flick from 1970 ...

The Girl in the SPider's Web (2018) - Movie ReviewThe opening scene of The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the new film by director Fede Alvarez, hints at something really special. The darkened scene features actress Claire Foy’s character in full-on black leathers, with lighted cigarette dangling from her rigid lips, and shorn locks ...

4D Man (1959)

Atomic fusion gets jazzed up!  Thanks to a righteously jazzy score from composer Ralph Carmichael and an off-kilter (but campy) vibe, an underappreciated science fiction gem gets the blu-ray treatment courtesy of Kino ...

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween - Blu-rayHollywood used to make fun movies like this one all of the time. They stopped when the 1990s ran up on us. Hitting my stride in the 1980s as a fat kid with a bag of popcorn in one hand and a sack of gummy bears in the other, my days were filled with Monster Squad memories ...

Grandmother's HouseI mean, it isn’t every day you see a body being dragged on the ground by your grandparents.  That’s just one of the MANY shocks in this creepy gem from the video store.  Newly scanned and remastered in 4K from its original 35mm camera negative, Vinegar Syndrome gives us another ...

White Boy Rick (2018) - Movie ReviewSet in the bombed-out husk of 1980’s Detroit, White Boy Rick tells the rather incredible true story of Rick Wershe, Jr., a down-and-out kid who became the youngest ever FBI informant at the tender young age of 14  ...

Radioland Murders (1994)

Because maybe the Easter Bunny DOES crap colored eggs! Radioland Murders, directed by Mel Smith (The Tall Guy, Bean) and co-written by George Lucas, is a throwback to another era of comedy.  Unfortunately, none of that was recognized when the film was ...

Mid90s - Movie Review

There’s no grand message in Mid90s, the heartfelt new film written and directed by actor Jonah Hill who takes his first turn at bat behind the camera. And there’s really not much of a story either. This sincere little coming of age film is perfectly content to simply sit back and ...

The New Kids (1985)Bloody rabbits do not belong in the shower!  That’s one lessen to learn here with this flick.  The other is that you simply do not mess with a bleach-blonde James Spader.  You are simply asking for a whole hell of a lot of trouble ...

AXL - Blu-ray ReviewOnce again, I do NOT get the critical backlash against this Amblin-esque tale of a boy and his dog.  A-X-L rocks.  I mean, for those teens out there that are forever the outcast or picked on by the assholes of the world out there then this movie   ...

Weird Science (1985) blu-rayYou’re dead meat, Pilgrim.  Highly quotable and completely off its rocker in all the best ways possible, Weird Science is back in circulation thanks to the lovable charm of two high school losers as they go from zeroes to heroes for one fantastical weekend in a  ...

Bad Times at the El Royale - Movie ReviewNothing in Bad Times at the El Royale is as it seems. Not the story, not the characters, not even the hotel itself as it sits astraddle the Nevada-California state line and wears the duality of its colliding worlds of past and present as a cherished badge of honor. ...

Evil Town (1977)The Vinegar Syndrome Archive line, celebrating forgotten cinematic oddities from the video store era, has officially started thanks to the HD release of Evil Town! ...

A Simple Favor - Blu-ray Review

Nancy Drew knows too much.  There is an elegance to the mystery that surrounds A Simple Favor.  It is made so much richer thanks to the performance from Anna Kendrick who, once again, nails her character with her quirky energy and down to earth nature.  With ...

Mountaintop Motel MassacreIf chopping the heads off of little tiny baby rabbits is your idea of a good time, then I suggest you stay the fucking night at Mountaintop Motel Massacre.  Mommy is sick again, Horror Hounds, and Vinegar Syndrome has her cure!  ...

Death Kiss - Movie ReviewCharles Bronson is back! Our fearless avenging angel has taken to the streets once again to kick a whole lot of criminal ass. Thank GOD. I already feel safe knowing that his 32-caliber nickel Colt revolver is blazing out of its 4-inch barrel again ...

Tuff Turf (1985)

These are the secrets of the night!  For one high school senior, being the new kid in town just might get his ass tangled in all those secrets.  Hell, his first night in town has him biking through the streets of Los Angeles and, in a rather amusing ...

Venom - Blu-ray Review“Wow.  I have a parasite,” says Eddie to the clerk.  He just ATE a man threatening her with a gun.  She's speechless.  What better words could there be to describe Eddie Brock’s transformative condition?   “I am NOT a parasite,” roars the raging monster within him.  We hear  ...

Reptile (1966)Something is amiss in Cornwall.  When the dark settles in, so too does a dangerous epidemic that has its victims foaming at the mouths and left with strange markings on their necks.  Is it a bite?  Or something worse?  Whatever it is, the ...

Mission: Impossible - Fallout - Blu-ray ReviewIf there’s anything to be said about the Mission: Impossible franchise it is that it lives up to its name by continuing to defy the odds with its little game of self oneupmanship – each new installment seemingly doing the impossible by keeping the franchise alive, viable, and  ...

Quatermass and the Pit blu-rayBecause skulls and bombs do not mix!  Quatermass and the Pit finally sees the light of day on HD thanks to Shout! Factory.  Directed by Roy Ward Baker (The October Man) and starring character actor Andrew Keir (The Dalek Invasion of Earth) as Professor ...

Smallfoot - Blu-rayTo this day, there remains something insanely special about director Brian De Palma’s Carrie.  It is based on the once-discarded novel by Stephen King, but was painstakingly adapted for the screen by Lawrence D. Cohen.  Cohen got everything about King’s first novel right  ...

Quatermass 2 (1957)Based on the popular television serial, Hammer Studios produced a trilogy of science fiction gems featuring the talents of Professor Bernard Quatermass in the 1950s and 60s.  Their first film, The Quatermass Xperiment brought them a box office  ...

The Nun (2018) - Movie ReviewWhen it comes to matters of horror, religion will always be mined.  Life and death and the quest for what’s on the other side, right? The Nun, the latest spinoff from The Conjuring series, has been spooking people with its trailers for quite some time.  The film; however ...

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